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  • Kyle Larson to miss Martinsville after fainting at autograph session

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    Kyle Larson fainted at an autograph session Saturday and will not drive in Sunday's race at Martinsville. He's being replaced by Regan Smith.

    Larson was awake and alert after the fainting spell and was evaluated at both a Martinsville-area medical center and a Charlotte hospital, where he was taken for evaluation by a neurologist. All tests so far have come back negative, however, according to the team, he's being held out as a precaution for more testing.

    "After fainting yesterday at an autograph session in Martinsville, VA, Kyle Larson was first evaluated at a local hospital in Martinsville and ultimately evaluated at a Charlotte hospital," Chip Ganassi Racing said in a statement. "Although all tests came back negative and Larson feels completely fine, the doctors felt he should be held for more testing today. Subsequently, Larson will be unable to race today in the STP 500 in Martinsville."

    If his absence extends through (or beyond) the Texas race on April 11, he would need a waiver from NASCAR to make the Chase. Given previous circumstances, the waiver is likely to be granted.

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  • Car flips over fence and kills fan at German endurance race

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 1 day ago

    A car crashed in an endurance race at the Nurburgring Nordschliefe in Germany on Saturday, flipping over a fence and killing at least one spectator and injuring others.

    The car, driven by Jann Mardenborough, became vertical as it lost control. He then flipped over the catchfence after impact with the tire barriers in front of the wall. Here's video of the crash. You do not see the car land on the other side of the track. It then cuts to Mardenborough out of the car and a crowd around the scene.

    The race was the first of the VLN Endurance Championship Nurburgring. Here's a statement from the VLN via Autosport:

    "The opening round of the VLN Endurance Championship at the Nurburgring was marred by an accident on Saturday which injured several spectators.

    "One of the spectators died, despite the immediate actions of the rescue crew in the medical centre at the circuit.

    "The other injured spectators have been taken to hospital for ongoing medical care.

    "The race was stopped to give emergency crew quick access to the circuit, and wasn't restarted.

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  • Joey Logano wins pole at Martinsville

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    Joey Logano got his second pole of 2015 at Martinsville.

    Logano put down a lap of 98.461 MPH to best Ryan Newman for the top spot. Newman was the fastest car in the second round of qualifying.

    It's Logano's first pole at Martinsville. His first pole in 2015 came at Atlanta where he finished fourth a week after winning the Daytona 500.

    Martin Truex Jr. starts third to continue his early-season success. He's finished in the top 15 in every race this season and has started no lower than 15th.

    Behind Truex are a few guys who have had success at Martinsville. Jeff Gordon starts fourth, while Jimmie Johnson starts fifth and Tony Stewart sixth. Gordon and Johnson have eight wins at the half-mile track while Stewart has three.

    Chase Elliott will make his Sprint Cup Series debut on Sunday and he'll start 27th. Defending race winner Kurt Busch starts one spot ahead of him in 26th.

    Two cars, Ron Hornaday and Brendan Gaughan, missed the race.

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  • Man convicted in murder of Missouri Southern assistant

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Jeffrey Bruner was convicted of first-degree murder Thursday in the death of Missouri Southern State assistant coach Derek Moore.

    Bruner shot and killed Moore in November 2013 when Moore (right) was leaving a Joplin, Mo., movie theater with Bruner's estranged wife.

    From the Joplin Globe:

    The defense had argued that his wife's infidelities drove the defendant to a point where he snapped during a confrontation with her and the 37-year-old assistant football coach at Missouri Southern State University outside the movie theater where they had gone on a date.

    A psychologist testified that he believes Bruner suffered an abnormal reaction to a life-threatening situation known as acute stress disorder that caused him not to be able to recall much of what happened when he confronted Moore and his wife. Bruner told the court that he remembers the gun in his hand and two shots being fired. He testified that he did not recall anything else until the point where he reached his vehicle after the shooting.

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  • Are teams in the Sprint Cup Series tampering with tires?

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 2 days ago

    After the following two Sprint Cup Series races – at Phoenix and Auto Club – NASCAR has taken tires for review. On Friday, crew chiefs Alan Gustafson and Chad Knaus said they were told by the sanctioning body that any tampering with tires would be met with stiff penalties.

    “I don’t want to say warned," Gustafson, Jeff Gordon's crew chief, said. "Warned may not be the right term, just reminded.”

    What could the issues be? Apparently there's talk that teams have been drilling tiny holes in the tires. The holes would allow air to bleed, ever so slowly, to keep tire pressures lower throughout the duration of a tire stint (as heat builds in the tires, air pressures increase).

    Per USA Today, the focal point have been the teams of Kevin Harvick and Kurt Busch as well as Richard Childress Racing cars. Harvick has won two races this season. Busch has been fast since his return and RCR's Ryan Newman is showing speed similar to his Chase run in 2014 when he finished second to Harvick in the standings.

    Gordon said he thinks teams were manipulating tires.

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  • Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette's career is over

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Vanderbilt QB Patton Robinette has ended his playing career.

    Robinette made the announcement to his teammates on Friday.

    .@probinette4 informs his teammates of decision in weight room meeting this AM. pic.twitter.com/pnUinFaatE

    According to the school, the decision "was influenced by a history of injuries." Robinette suffered a concussion in September, and according to his high school coach, it also forced him to miss class time in addition to playing time.

    It was at least his second concussion. Per the Tennesseean, he had a concussion in 2010 in high school.

    The team tweeted a picture of Robinette's acceptance to medical school earlier in the month.

    What it's like getting accepted to Vanderbilt Medical School. pic.twitter.com/ZI9AyXAFVb

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  • Hugh Freeze to drive pace car at Talladega NASCAR race

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 2 days ago

    Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze is going to drive the pace car before the Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega on May 3 and he sounds damn excited about it.

    "I am so jacked about that,"Freeze told the Biloxi-Gulfport Sun-Herald. "You have no idea, man. I love golf, fishing and NASCAR outside of my job and my family. That's the three things I spend time doing."

    He also texted Danica Patrick a happy birthday message this week. Seriously.

    Patrick is dating fellow NASCAR driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who is from Olive Branch, Miss. Stenhouse is a big Ole Miss fan, so Patrick has become one too. The two went to Ole Miss' season-opener against Boise State in Atlanta. It was the same weekend as the Sprint Cup race nearby in Hampton, Ga.

    Patrick turned 33 on Wednesday.

    North Carolina coach Larry Fedora was the honorary pace car driver at last year's Martinsville race (Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer was the driver in 2013).

    We need to make that race happen.

    For more Ole Miss news,visit RebelGrove.com.

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  • Bo Pelini in another great selfie, this time at NCAA Tournament

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Thetradition of taking a picture with former Nebraska coach Bo Pelini continued at the NCAA Tournament in Cleveland on Thursday night. And we're happy to report that Pelini has also carried on the tradition of making an awkward face for the photos.

    Behold a selfie one fan took with the new Youngstown State coach (YSU is located just over an hour from Cleveland).

    Bo Pelini is here at the games in Cleveland and couldn't be happier that people wanna take selfies with him pic.twitter.com/NsXodFRw4Y

    Remember, the coach just learned what a selfie was about a year ago, so maybe he's still getting used to people taking pictures of themselves.

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  • Happy Hour: Being cautious with cautions

    Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles 3 days ago

    Throughout the week you can send us your best questions, jokes, rants and just plain miscellaneous thoughts to happyhourmailbag@yahoo.com or @NickBromberg. We'll post them here and have a good time.

    Well, have you recovered from the events at Auto Club Speedway?

    While Kurt Busch has been the focal point of the "he got a bad draw with the final cautions" anger, Matt Kenseth shouldn't be overlooked either. The race was his to win until the first of the three cautions happened and it was no longer his after the axle issue leaving pit road.

    The IndyCar Series season starts this weekend at St. Petersburg. It was supposed to start earlier in March but there was a bit of an issue with the race organizer and it didn't happen. The race begins after 3 p.m. ET, so ideally it will be still going on when Martinsville is over. That's a good move by the series, which has had way too many races start and end during NASCAR's television window recently.

    Yes, there's a dedicated subset of fans that will watch open-wheel racing over NASCAR, but for the motorsports fan who watches all or most types of racing (more common than the IndyCar superfan), this is a great move.

  • Swinney: Watson healthier now than during South Carolina win

    Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday 3 days ago

    Clemson coach Dabo Swinney concurs with quarterback Deshaun Watson that Watson's rehab is going well. And it's apparently going well enough for Swinney to invoke his team's win over South Carolina.

    "His rehab has gone tremendous," Swinney told ESPN."He's probably about 80 percent right now. Most people would be 50 or 60, but he's not most people. He's a uniquely wired individual. He's great. He's healthier now than he was when he beat South Carolina."

    Is it a matter of fact statement? Likely, yes, but given the verbal back and forth between Swinney and South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier, there's a good chance there's a dash of trolling intention in bringing up the game. It was the first win in the series for Clemson since 2008. Spurrier was happy to talk about his team's win streak during its duration.

    For more Clemson news, visit TigerIllustrated.com.

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